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Changes in No-Detention Policy of Right to Education Act proposed
In a written reply to a Rajya Sabha question, the Minister of State (HRD), Upendra Kushwaha, informed the House on March 9 about the recommended changes in No-Detention Policy of Section 16 of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 for which a official release is available now.

According to the release, 28 States have shared their views on the No Detention policy out of which 23 States have suggested modification to the No Detention policy.

The recommendations of the Committee constituted for the changes in the no-Detention Policy are as under as per the release.

(i)            There should be an examination at Class 5. It should be left to the States and UTs to decide whether this exam will be at the school, block, District or State Level.

(ii)           If a child fails then allow the child an opportunity to improve. There should be additional instruction provided to children and the child should be given an opportunity to sit for another exam. If the child is unable to pass the exam in the second chance, then detain the child.

(iii)          At Classes 6 and 7, there should be a school based exam for students.

(iv)         At Class 8, there should be an external exam. In case the child fails, the child should be given additional instruction and then appear for an improvement exam. If fails again then detain. The matter regarding amendment to Section 16 of the RTE Act, 2009 is under the active consideration of this Ministry.

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